Our Story

We began as a group of artists and volunteers seeking to raise awareness for the current refugee crisis.  However, it has become clear that raising awareness is not enough. The world is already aware. Our intent is to create a space for you to stop and come face to face with individual refugees, a space for a conversation to begin. We hope to displace fear with consideration, misconception with understanding, and indifference with compassion. Our purpose is to create a shared realization that Their Story is Our Story.

We give individual refugees voice through social media, art, exhibits, and publications, thus empowering them to share their experiences, their feelings, and their hopes on a worldwide platform. We throw light on those whose lives have been enriched while helping refugees during their displacement, and focus on the common dividends of their efforts.

TSOS Mission Statement

Purpose: 
TSOS uses art to shape international dialogue about refugees, with the intent to better the situation of refugees worldwide. We help refugees to tell their stories in a way that is intimate and emotionally authentic. 

Goals:
With the intent to shape international dialogue towards a positive, informed view of refugees, TSOS engages in the following activities:      

  • We provide to the public a body of stories from refugees, and art about refugees, which are accessible through our website and social media channels
  • We find opportunities to create and participate in art installations that feature the content produced by TSOS
  • We give live presentations that feature the content produced by TSOS
  • We create a variety of web videos based on the interviews filmed by TSOS

How We Began.


Meet the people behind TSOS

Meet the Team

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